Grigor Dimitrov shakes hands with Novak Djokovic after beating the world No 1

Madrid Masters: Victory over Novak Djokovic could be breakthrough match for Grigor Dimitrov

Dimitrov has long been touted as the next Roger Federer

Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova powers on in search of maiden Miami Masters victory

The Russian has lost in two previous finals

By 2017 it will rise to $50m, almost double the figure for last year, when Andy Murray won his maiden Slam

US Open prize money rise challenges Wimbledon

The total prize money at Flushing Meadows will rise to $50m in the summer

Andy Murray in action at Indian Wells

Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray battle through at Indian Wells

Pair reach the third round of the BNP Paribas Open

Andy Murray of Great Britain plays a backhand in his semifinal match against Roger Federer

Andy Murray's confidence: the Scot has talked a good game before this afternoon's Australian open victory against Federer

He's (almost) done it again. Andy Murray made it through to the final of the Australian Open this afternoon, blasting Roger Federer away in the final half-hour of a five set struggle, and now standing between the Scot and his second major title is an in-form Novak Djokovic, who cruised into the final yesterday after demolishing David Ferrer. As the tension builds for what will surely be another pulsating encounter, it's worth revisiting our Tennis editor Paul Newman's interview with a newly bullish Murray, published last October after the 25-year-old beat Djokovic to win the US Open.

Andy Murray plays a return during his men's singles match against France's Jeremy Chardy

Andy Murray ruthlessly dismisses Jeremy Chardy to reach Australian Open semi-finals

British number one comes through in straight sets

Laura Robson bows out from Australian Open

Laura Robson's Australian Open campaign came to a disappointing end today as she lost the battle of the teenagers to American Sloane Stephens.

Andy Murray holds nerve to take Brisbane crown

Andy Murray hungry for more success ahead of Australian Open

Australian Open begins next Monday

Andy Murray holds nerve to take Brisbane crown

Andy Murray defended his Brisbane International title with a straight-sets win over 21-year-old Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov.

Serena Williams beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-2 6-1

Serena Williams looks in ominous form

Another season, another title. Serena Williams threw down a challenge to her rivals in the Australian Open, which starts next Monday, with a fine performance in the final of the Brisbane International tournament, beating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-2 6-1.

Andy Murray returns the ball during his defeat of Daniel Istomin in Brisbane yesterday

Swearing at the Australian Open? I don’t give a s***, says Andy Murray

British No 1 apologises for bad language on court – but denies any pledge to clean up his act

The pain shows as Andy Murray stuggles to beat John Millman

Murray battles warm-up pains and hostile crowd in fitful start to the year

Scot drops set against world No 199 in Brisbane despite Lendl assuming he would stroll to victory

Serena Williams stretches to make a return during her first-round win in Brisbane

Serena William's new year resolution – a Grand Slam clean sweep in 2013

It was a big call, coming so soon after Serena Williams had recovered from surgery. But the former world No 1 believes she can complete a seasonal sweep of Grand Slams for the first time in her career.

Andy Murray

Andy Murray beaten in straight sets by Janko Tipsarevic in Abu Dhabi

Andy Murray was today defeated in straight sets by Janko Tipsarevic in this week's exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi.

Novak Djokovic savours his victory at the Australian Open

Australian Open prize money rises to record levels

Australian Open organisers increased prize money for the early losers at the opening grand slam of the season to record levels today, a move which is likely to quell player unrest and end talk of a strike.

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